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Ancient Microbes Responsible For Breathing Life Into Ocean Deserts; 'Cyanobacteria Is The Simplest Explanation'
Phoenix, Arizona - Aug 23, 2010 21:41 EST

More than two and a half billion years ago, Earth differed greatly from our modern environment, specifically in respect to the composition of gases in the atmosphere and the nature of the life forms inhabiting its surface. While today's atmosphere...
 
Humane Society: OSHA Sanctions On Seaworld Are Further Evidence That Orcas Are Unsuitable For Captivity
Washington, D.C. - Aug 23, 2010 21:23 EST

The Humane Society of the United States is guardedly optimistic about the consequences of a citation issued today by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to SeaWorld for violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act in the death of...
 
Guy Harvey And Neal Watson Join Forces With Dive Bimini; 'Neal Or Guy Might Be On Board Diving With You'
Bimini, The Bahamas - Aug 20, 2010 19:28 EST

Celebrated artist and conservationist Guy Harvey along with his Guy Harvey Outpost organization announced today plans to team with renown dive authority Neal Watson to offer "top of class" dive centers at Guy Harvey Outpost resort properties. Their first...
 
Discovery Of 650-Million-Year-Old Sponge-Like Creatures Pushes Back Fossil Record; Reef-Dwelling Creatures On 'Snowball Earth'
Princeton, New Jersey - Aug 19, 2010 14:55 EST

In findings that push back the clock on the scientific world's thinking about when animal life appeared on Earth, Princeton scientists may have discovered the oldest fossils of animal bodies, suggesting that primitive sponge-like creatures were living in ocean reefs...
 
They're Back: Recent Otter Deaths A Reminder That Great White Sharks Are Patrolling California Waters
Monterey, California - Aug 19, 2010 14:19 EST

The likely deaths of two mother sea otters from shark bites, and the rescue of their orphaned pups in recent days is a reminder of what researchers have learned from a decade studying adult great white shark behavior: These top ocean...
 
Spinal Gap Of Barbeled Dragonfishes Mystery Solved: Due To Long Notochord
London, England - Aug 17, 2010 22:37 EST

The mystery of why a group of deep sea fishes has a gap between their skull and spine has been solved by an international team of scientists, including those at the Natural History Museum. Large sharp teeth, a thread-like skin extension...
 
Scientists: Oil Droplets Speckle Gulf Floor, Evidence Seen That Oil Has Become Toxic To Critical Marine Life
St. Petersburg, Florida - Aug 17, 2010 22:23 EST

University of South Florida marine scientists conducting experiments in an area of the Gulf of Mexico where clouds of oil from the BP spill were found now have discovered what appears to be oil in sediments of a vital underwater...
 
Survey: California Sea Otter Population Numbers On Decline; 'Sea Otter Health Can Tell Us A Lot'
Santa Cruz, California - Aug 17, 2010 22:09 EST

After a decade of steady recovery, the southern sea otter a federally listed threatened species is in decline for the second year in a row, according to the latest population survey by U.S. Geological Survey researchers. "We have seen...
 
Report: 80% Of Gulf Spill Oil Remains In The Ecosystem; 'the Oil Is Still Out There'
Athens, Georgia - Aug 17, 2010 16:29 EST

A report released today by the Georgia Sea Grant and the University of Georgia concludes that up to 79 percent of the oil released into the Gulf of Mexico from the Deepwater Horizon well has not been recovered and remains...
 
Massive Coral Mortality Following Bleaching In Indonesia; 'A Disappointing Development'
New York, New York - Aug 16, 2010 21:00 EST

The Wildlife Conservation Society today released initial field observations that indicate that a dramatic rise in the surface temperature in Indonesian waters has resulted in a large-scale bleaching event that has devastated coral populations. WCS's Indonesia Program "Rapid Response Unit"...
 
Research: Ocean's Color Affects Hurricane Paths; 'The Oceans Aren't Really Blue'
Washington, D.C. - Aug 13, 2010 18:45 EST

A change in the color of ocean waters could have a drastic effect on the prevalence of hurricanes, new research indicates. In a simulation of such a change in one region of the North Pacific, the study finds that hurricane...
 
Researchers: Climate Change Hits SE Australia Fish Species; 'Nowhere To Escape'
Sydney, Australia - Aug 13, 2010 17:55 EST

CSIRO's Climate Adaptation and Wealth from Oceans Flagships have identified 43 species, representing about 30 per cent of the inshore fish families occurring in the region, that exhibited shifts thought to be climate-related. Dr Peter LastThese include warm temperate surf-zone species...
 
LA Museum: Life Of 85-Million-Year-Old 'Sea Monster' Featured; 'The Finest Preserved Mosasaur In Existence'
Los Angeles, California - Aug 10, 2010 22:59 EST

One of the ocean's most formidable marine predators, the marine mosasaur Platecarpus, lived in the Cretaceous Period some 85 million years ago and was thought to have swum like an eel. That theory is debunked in a new paper published...
 
Discovery Channel's 23rd Annual 'Shark Week' Is Most-Watched Ever; Seen By 30.8 Million People
Silver Spring, Maryland - Aug 10, 2010 22:28 EST

Discovery Channel's 23rd annual SHARK WEEK cable's longest-running programming event was seen by 30.8 million people this year, making it the most-watched SHARK WEEK on record. The previous record holder was 2008 with 29.1 million viewers. [Source:...
 
Scientist: The Jellyfish-Like Salp Is Most Efficient Filter-Feeder In The Deep; 'Like Eating Everything From A Mouse To A Horse'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Aug 9, 2010 22:11 EST

What if trains, planes and automobiles all were powered simply by the air through which they move? What if their exhaust and by-products helped the environment? Such an energy-efficient, self-propelling mechanism already exists in nature. The salp, a small, barrel-shaped organism that...
 
Massive New 'Pacific Oceanscape' Makes History; 'The Dawning Of A New Era For Marine Management'
Port Villa, Vanuatu - Aug 9, 2010 21:42 EST

An unprecedented agreement toward the cooperative stewardship of a vast swath of Pacific Ocean has been reached, and conservationists are heralding it as among the most ambitious, innovative, and collaborative marine initiatives on Earth. Meeting in Port Villa, Vanuatu at the...
 
Pennekamp: America's First Undersea Park To Celebrate 50th Birthday
Key Largo, Florida Keys - Aug 9, 2010 21:33 EST

Plans are underway for a milestone birthday celebration as John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, America's first underwater preserve, turns 50 years old. The historic event is set for Wednesday, Dec. 1, through Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, offering an ideal...
 
U.S. Sportfishing Vessel Attacked Off Costa Rica By Venezuela's Socialist Fisheries; 'Its Crew Obnoxiously Celebrated Its Victory'
Garza, Costa Rica - Aug 8, 2010 16:07 EST

A U.S. based world fisheries conservation association is demanding disciplinary action after the attack by a commercial Venezuelan tuna purse seining vessel and helicopter on a sportfishing boat off the coast of Costa Rica. The incident has been reported and posted...
 
Odyssey's Legal Team Wins Case In Spanish Court Over Blockaded Ship; 'A Step In The Right Direction'
Tampa, Florida - Aug 8, 2010 15:41 EST

Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (NasdaqCM: OMEX), a pioneer in the field of deep-ocean shipwreck exploration, is pleased to report that Captain Sterling Vorus has been cleared of all charges by a court in Algeciras, Spain relating to the blockade and...
 
Unusual Orange Lobster 'Gumbo' Saved From The Pot; 'I've Never Seen Anything Like It In 25 Years'
London, U.K. - Aug 6, 2010 19:27 EST

What's unusual about this orange lobster? Its alive! Lobsters are usually a brownish-green color when living and turn orange when they have been cooked. But a rare live reddish-orange colored specimen has been spotted in the UK. The North American lobster,...
 
NOAA: More Fishing, Higher Consumption Might Help Reverse Lionfish Invasion; 'Delicious'
Washington, D.C. - Aug 6, 2010 18:17 EST

A new study looking at how to curb the rapid growth of lionfish, an invasive species not native to the Atlantic Ocean, suggests that approximately 27 percent of mature lionfish will have to be removed monthly for one year to...
 
First Divers Complete Florida Keys 'Wreck Trek' Challenge; 'Truly A Pinnacle Moment In A Long Diving Career'
Key West, Florida - Aug 5, 2010 15:55 EST

Eleven Florida divers recently became the first "Wreck Trekker" dive enthusiasts to complete nine wreck dives as part of the Florida Keys Wreck Trek Passport Program. The dive challenge, developed by tourism officials and area dive operators, showcases the world-class diving...
 
Scientists Observe 'Fastest' Evolution; Tiny Fish Evolved To Tolerate Colder Temperature In Three Years
Guelph, Ontario - Aug 4, 2010 22:12 EST

University of British Columbia researchers have observed one of the fastest evolutionary responses ever recorded in wild populations. In as little as three years, stickleback fish developed tolerance for water temperature 2.5 degrees Celsius lower than their ancestors. The study, published...
 
In The Mouth Of Jaws: California Kayaker Survives Attack On His Kayak; 'Screaming Like A Little Girl'
Los Angeles, California - Aug 4, 2010 15:14 EST

A kayaker is breathing a sigh of relief after a terrifying encounter with a great white shark off the Southern California coast. Duane Strosaker was five miles off the coast from Gaviota State Park, which is north of Los Angeles,...
 
Study: Blue Whales Align The Pitch Of Their Songs With Extreme Accuracy; 'Always Calling At The Exact Same Pitch'
San Francisco, California - Aug 2, 2010 21:31 EST

Blue whales are able to synchronize the pitch of their calls with an extremely high level of accuracy, and a very slim margin of error from call to call, according to a new study of the blue whale population in...
 
Researchers Study Undersea Rivers With A Yellow Submarine; 'The Flow In These Channels Is Quite Different'
Leeds, U.K. - Aug 2, 2010 21:16 EST

A team of scientists led by the University of Leeds has used a robotic 'yellow submarine' to observe detailed flows within an 'undersea river' for the very first time. The researchers estimate that the river - known as a submarine channel...
 
Five Penguins Win U.S. Endangered Species Act Protection; 'A Renewed Chance At Survival'
San Francisco, California - Aug 2, 2010 21:05 EST

Five penguin species will get U.S. Endangered Species Act protections after a 2006 petition by the Center for Biological Diversity and two lawsuits filed jointly with Turtle Island Restoration Network. Today's Interior Department decision will list the Humboldt penguin of...
 
Gov't: South Florida And The Keys To Escape Remnants Of Gulf Oil Gusher; Chances 'Very, Very Low And Will Go To Zero'
Key West, Florida - Jul 31, 2010 17:26 EST

The head of the U.S. Government's response effort to mitigate the Transocean/BP oil spill said that with the oil leak capped there is now little chance of oil remnants reaching the Florida Keys and the South Florida mainland. And when the...
 
Study: Swimmers At Sub-Tropical Beaches Show Increased Risk Of Illness; 'We Recommend Taking Simple Precautions'
Miami, Florida - Jul 28, 2010 21:08 EST

A yearlong beach study led by a team of University of Miami researchers suggests that swimmers at sub-tropical beaches face an increased risk of illness. The multi-disciplinary team examined the risk of illness that beachgoers face when exposed to recreational...
 
WWF: Mekong Dams Threaten Rare Giant Catfish; 'The Clock Is Ticking'
Washington, D.C. - Jul 27, 2010 22:47 EST

Wild populations of the iconic Mekong giant catfish will be driven to extinction if hydropower dams planned for the Mekong River go ahead, says a new report by World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The report, River of Giants: Giant Fish of the...
 
Oceana Announces Partnership With Discovery Channel's Shark Week, Urge Passage Of Shark Conservation Legislation
Washington, D.C. - Jul 26, 2010 21:25 EST

Oceana, the world's largest international conservation organization focused solely on protecting and restoring the world's oceans, announced today its partnership with Discovery Channel's Shark Week, which premieres Sunday, August 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. "Sharks deserve widespread attention not only because...
 
NOAA Reopens One-Third Of Closed Gulf Fishing Area; 'Good News For Gulf Fishermen And American Consumers'
Washington, D.C. - Jul 23, 2010 18:55 EST

NOAA has reopened 26,388 square miles of Gulf waters to commercial and recreational fishing on Thursday at 6:00 pm EDT. The reopening of a third of the overall closed area was announced after consultation with FDA and under a re-opening...
 
Extreme Archaeology: Divers Plumb The Mysteries Of Sacred Maya Pools
Urbana-Champaign, Illinois - Jul 22, 2010 15:30 EST

Steering clear of crocodiles and navigating around massive submerged trees, a team of divers began mapping some of the 25 freshwater pools of Cara Blanca, Belize, which were important to the ancient Maya. In three weeks this May, the divers...
 
Expedition To Mid-Cayman Rise Identifies Unusual Variety Of Deep Sea Vents; 'Extraordinarily Cool'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Jul 20, 2010 22:23 EST

The first expedition to search for deep-sea hydrothermal vents along the Mid-Cayman Rise has turned up three distinct types of hydrothermal venting, reports an interdisciplinary team led by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in this week's Proceedings of the National...
 
Researchers: Mud-Eating Miracle Fish Holds Together Ecosystem In Southwest Africa
Bergen, Norway - Jul 19, 2010 22:01 EST

Researchers report how a unique fish species has adapted to a hostile environment poisonous to most other organisms. The findings are published in Science. The unique fish is called the Benguela-goby, or bearded goby, and is found only on the anoxic...
 
Researcher: Sea Lamprey Research Sheds Light On How Stress Hormones Evolved
East Lansing, Michigan - Jul 19, 2010 21:20 EST

Michigan State University researchers are the first to identify a stress hormone in the sea lamprey, using the 500 million-year-old species as a model to understand the evolution of the endocrine system. Corticosteroid hormones control stress response in animals with backbones,...
 
Research Aims To Repel Sharks From Fishing Gear To Prevent Deaths
Perth, Australia - Jul 19, 2010 20:43 EST

A greater understanding of shark senses may prevent sharks being accidentally killed in commercial fishing operations, according to a researcher at The University of Western Australia. WA Premier's Research Fellow Winthrop Professor Shaun Collin said large numbers of sharks are taken...
 
University Project Points To A New Way Of 'Finding' Nemo: Breed Them
Townsville, Queensland - Jul 18, 2010 21:03 EST

A world-leading project at James Cook University is breeding popular marine ornamental fish such as the Coral Sea Lyretail Blenny, the Banggai Cardinalfish and various Clownfish. Dr Chaoshu Zeng, who leads JCU's Tropical Aquaculture Research Group in the School of...
 
Study Overturns Old Theory Of Phytoplankton Growth, Raise Concerns For Ocean Productivity; 'The Old Theory Made Common Sense'
Corvallis, Oregon - Jul 16, 2010 17:39 EST

A new study concludes that an old, fundamental and widely accepted theory of how and why phytoplankton bloom in the oceans is incorrect. The findings challenge more than 50 years of conventional wisdom about the growth of phytoplankton, which are the...
 
Prehistoric Creatures Provide Clue To Deep Sea Life On Aussie Reef; 'Living Fossils'
St. Lucia, Queensland - Jul 15, 2010 17:58 EST

Scientists from the Queensland Brain Institute have used high-tech equipment to capture underwater creatures at depths not documented from before. Using deep-sea cameras and instrument platforms new to Australia, prehistoric six-gilled sharks, giant oil fish, swarms of crustaceans and many...
 


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